An acid trip is a lengthy process, typically lasting 8 to 12 hours. With the distortions in time perception that occur as an effect of the drug, the experience can feel much longer—some say they feel like it could last forever. This can be highly enjoyable when the mood of the user and those around is buoyant or contented, but extremely unsettling when moods are low and thoughts take a somber or even macabre turn.
LSD is typically used for recreational and social reasons more than for self-medication. However, some people believe that the effects of hallucinogens help them gain insight into themselves, their lives, and the nature of the universe, and even that it helps them to access greater awareness of spirituality.
I was inquisitive about the effects of LSD because I am too much of a wuss to try it - which is fair, I think. So I did the next best thing, and asked someone who had done it to explain it to me, but in turn I got a cool ass weed quitting story. Here's the story :
The first thing to remember is that LSD is a drug that changes perception and that's very important to keep in mind. I was in school when I started smoking weed - and it was simply because my seniors kept talking about it and told me that i "had to try it" - so I did.
And I couldn't stop. I smoked up only once a week initially, but as time went by, it became almost everyday and all the time. It was great, the high was fun but nothing like I had heard. I heard it would help me focus and stay calm but it was the opposite - and I ended up lacking in my education and school record.
But things continued as they were, and I passed out of school.
I knew it was the weed that was distracting me and making me procrastinate because it consumed a lot of my time. But, I switched it up as soon as I realized that weed was the problem. Instead of smoking up through the day, I started smoking up only after 10 in the night. That went up until 2 in the night and my days turned out to be more productive than before because I knew I was putting in some effort to make it that way.
And as people usually say - weed is probably a gateway drug, because the next thing I wanted to do was LSD. Quite an escalation, but my friends were talking about what a fun trip it can be and how it changes perception, and the like. And the thought came at the right time - we were headed to a psychedelic festival in Goa.
All through the journey to Goa, we were buzzed by the idea of trying out the drug - and my friends' ideas about it stuck through my head - "you can have a bad trip", "you'll have a downer", "you will hallucinate" and the sort. And then the time came - though the voices of my friends were at the back of my head - I did it.
And then things got weird. I can't quite explain it because it makes no sense - but things were moving, there were insects in the dust, and my face just looked distorted. All of us tripping balls. And it was great - that feeling when you can't distinguish between what's real and fake - it was confusing but it was also interesting.
Then came the downer - the part where it sort of wears off - but you're still a little high. This was a crucial point for me - this is where I realized everything is messy and it hit me - "what the fuck am I doing with my life?" and I know somewhere at the back of my head I blamed weed for all of it.
It was at that moment that I decided that I didn't need to smoke up anymore - that I shouldn't. I stayed back longer than my friends did, because being productive during the day before I came to Goa paid off - while everyone else had attendance issues - I had the time to get some clarity.
In that time I figured that quitting weed was the best option - that one LSD downer strangely got me to quit a drug. And I don't want to be champion any kind of drug - but that experience meant so much to me it's almost like I want everyone else to see what it's like and maybe have some kind of revelation.
I haven't smoked up in 8 years now - but I have tried LSD a few more times after just to get a push towards some other goal of mine - but it hasn't worked. Maybe because that's my intention. I strongly believe that if you have a push at the back of your mind as to "why" - why is my life not on track? why am I not happy? - then an LSD trip may actually help you get some clarity.